Cover-Articolo 5-2020

Reliable, high tech products ensure a safe plunge into the deepest pool in the world and in nearby underwater spaces.

The latest addition to the city's thriving sports and adventure activities scene, Deep Dive Dubai is the place to be for all aqua enthusiasts. Opened in July 2021, the recreational centre's 60 m-deep pool is certified by Guinness World Records as the world's deepest swimming pool for diving.

The pool, part of the new Deep Dive Dubai attraction, has stolen the record from Poland's Deepspot, which has a depth of over 45 m.

Besides, it holds 14.6 million litres of freshwater, enough to fill six Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Deep Dive Dubai is located in Dubai's Nad Al Sheba neighbourhood and features a sunken city (complete with an abandoned streetscape, an apartment, garage, arcade) that divers of all levels can explore, guided by mood lighting and ambient music.

The building's facade is styled like an enormous oyster to honour the United Arab Emirate’s pearl diving legacy and the Emirati pioneer’s bravery.

With an onsite dive and gift shop, a restaurant and meeting spaces that can host up to 100 guests, Deep Dive Dubai also promises to become a dynamic new venue for events.

Due to its long-time experience in building materials for sports venues and swimming pools, Mapei was involved in the construction works and supplied products for waterproofing the substructure of the building, as well as completing the water features and the indoor and outdoor facilities.

Moisture sensitivity tests were conducted in Mapei laboratories resulting in adhesives of a certain class being recommended. KERAFLEX and KERAFLEX MAXI S1 were chosen as the most suitable adhesives for bonding stone coverings in common areas and outdoor areas. For the installation of mosaic tiles on marine plywood in the changing rooms, KERALASTIC T two-component, polyurethane adhesive was chosen due to the nature of the substrate. The mosaic tiles in the pool were bonded with KERAPOXY adhesive. The special white and yellow gold coloured glass mosaic called for an attractive and high-quality finish, so Mapei proposed a special system made up of KERAPOXY DESIGN decorative, acid resistant epoxy grout, and MAPEGLITTER metallic coloured glitter, to grout joints. As for the other areas of the pool, joints were grouted with KERAPOXY epoxy grout..



A few viewing galleries of the pool are located deep below the ground level and needed perfect waterproofing. The challenge of these operations, which had to be completed below ground level, were successfully met by using MAPEPLAN TU S, a synthetic waterproofing membrane manufactured by Polyglass (a Mapei Group’s subsidiary), and IDROSTOP PVC BEC 32 ME, a PVC waterstop distributed on the UAE market by Mapei Construction Chemicals.



Project information

Interior Foors Water proofing
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Built in
Opened in
Water proofing and Tiling
The project scope of work awarded to us was for the waterproofing of the substructure of the building, as well as the tiling work for the water features as well as the indoor and the outdoor facility.
Start and finish date
Application Type
Waterproofing systems
Contractor company
Brookfield Multiplex
Installer companies
Deemah Stone/PFC
KEO International Consultants
Photo/Video Gallery
Product Lines
Products for ceramics and stone material
Products for waterproofing
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